KEENE - After being closed for months, the Keene Public Library has opened its doors once again to patrons.
"I had fears it was damaged beyond repair when it didn't open and didn't open," Terri Giglinto, a Keene resident, said Saturday at the library. But those fears have since been alleviated and replaced with delight.
The library reopened Jan. 3 after damage to the building caused Aug. 28 by Tropical Storm Irene was addressed. Library director Marcy LeClair refused to discuss the damage to the library and referred all questions on the topic to town Supervisor Bill Ferebee, who could not be reached for comment for this story. LeClair did, however, express her thoughts on the library's reopening.
Keene resident Robin Lawrence returns books to the newly reopened Keene Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 7.
(Photo for the Enterprise — Margaret Moran)
"I'm very glad the library is open because a lot of people depend on it," LeClair said. "It plays a big role in our little community - winter or summer. People are very dependent on the computers (here) being such a rural community, since some people don't have access to the Internet."
In addition to desktop computers with Internet access, the library also has shelves filled with books, periodicals, movies in both VHS and DVD format, and activities for children such as puzzles.
Keene resident Kathy LeClair, the director's sister-in-law, said she uses the library mostly for its books.
"I enjoy coming to the library to get books," she said. "I don't buy books often because I don't have the room to store them, so I come to the library to get books to read."
Kathy said she missed the library while it was closed, as did Keene resident Joanne Whitney.
"We missed it very much," Whitney said. "I'm thrilled it's open again. I come here often with my grandchildren, and they absolutely love the library. They spend a lot of time participating in the activities available here, looking through books and borrowing movies. I use it, too. I take a lot of books out. We make use of all the different components of the library."
"It's a great attribute to the community," Giglinto said.
And for that reason she said she is "excited" to have the library available again.
The Keene Public Library is located at the intersection of state routes 73 and 9N, and its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.